|OUR NEXT FIRST SUNDAY WORSHIP WILL BE A HUMDINGER—AND IT’S JANUARY 8 AT 4:00 PM—Grffin McMahon and friends will be doing a BLUEGRASS eucharist for Epiphany! Bring your friends and family!
POTLUCK DINNER ALERT! Please mark this on your calendars: two weeks from today, we’ll gather in the Parish Hall at 5:00 to have a good, ol’-fashioned POTLUCK DINNER. Come and bring a friend or three! SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 AT 5:00 PM.
JOIN THE GRATITUDE CLUB TODAY! Start off the new year right by writing down one or two things a day that you’re grateful for—and watch to see how your life changes! Then, each week or so, shoot off to Father Chip (firstname.lastname@example.org) an email with your favorite one for the week—who knows, you just might get published! (If you’d like to remain anonymous, that’s OK, just let me know.) No worries about not doing it every day, but once you get into the habit of looking for things you’re grateful for, it gets real easy to keep track! FEEL FREE TO PICK UP CUSTOM-DESIGNED “GRATITUDE PAPER” (which you can keep in your own three-ring binder notebook if you like) in the Parish Hall—and share the idea with your friends!
Examples: A new bar of soap / Dinner with my kids / Watching the deer bound over the fence at dusk / making a new friend…you have the idea!
…AND HERE ARE TEN THINGS ST ANDREW’S CAN BE GRATEFUL FOR! At its December meeting, our Vestry voted to donate $1,000.00 to the following causes:
- Common Cathedral / Ecclesia Ministries, Boston
- B-Peace (anti-violence program), Boston
- Angel Flight
- MV Hospice
- Vineyard House
- Vineyard Committee on Hunger
- Food 4 Kids (Cape and Islands meals programs for children)
- Boys and Girls Club—specifically for afternoon snacks program
- Fundacion Cristosal (El Salvador)
- Episcopal Relief and Development (national and international relief work)
By the grace of our loving God, we have been able to reach out to help others in our world!
PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR ISLAND CHURCH HOME! Your faith community—your church family—needs as much love as you can give; as well as those who come after us. Please be generous, and challenge yourself to get rid of old habits and ways of thinking! God continues to do great work here—both IN us, and THROUGH us!
PLEASE HELP OUR HUNGRY NEIGHBORS by bringing in canned and boxed (unopened) food items for our Island Food Pantry ministry. If you’d like to write a check to help out our hungry neighbors, feel free to use the envelopes in the pews, and place them in the offering plate. A little love goes a long way!
WE NEED YOUR WINTER CLOTHES! “Clothes-to-Go” is the name of the Island’s clothing ministry, which provides free clothing to those who need it, adults and children, out of the Stone Church in Vineyard Haven. THERE IS A REAL NEED FOR WINTER CLOTHES, so please consider bringing something over to them during the following hours: M-W-F, 2:00-4:00 pm; and Saturdays, 10—12 noon. Corner of William and Church Streets.
OUR MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BREAKFAST CLUBS continue on the second (Women’s) and third (Men’s) Saturdays of each month, at 8:00 am in the Parish House. NEXT WOMEN’S BREAKFAST: NEXT Saturday, January 14. NEXT MEN’S BREAKFAST: Saturday, January 21.
VOLUNTEER OPENINGS: Warming Center at St Andrew’s Church, weekdays beginning in December, 1:00—3:00 pm. Sit and read a book and welcome in those who are cold. Sign up in Parish Hall. No expertise necessary!
For Information about HOUSES OF GRACE Click on the FAITH IN ACTION tab above
“The Vision of St Andrew’s Church is to make God present in our families, our neighborhood, our town, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, and in the world.”
Wardens: Carl Malmquist & Chris White
Treasurer: Wesley Brown
Parish Clerk: Pam Monterosso
Members at Large:
Claudia Metell, Caroline Evans, Hans von Steiger, Sandra Mott, Kevin McFarland and Carrie Caldwell